Getting tested for Diabetes.

We at AllLife are here to walk you through the process of getting tested for Diabetes, and why it’s so important.

Getting tested for Diabetes

We at AllLife are here to walk you through the process of getting tested for Diabetes, and why it’s so important.

What is Pre-Diabetes?

Pre-Diabetes occurs when your A1C levels are tested over three separate unrelated points in time, and your resultant figures are all above six. It’s more common than most of us realise and mostly reversible. If you, or someone you know, appears to be dealing with:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A constantly dry mouth
  • Intense and frequent thirst
  • Increased hunger, even after meals
  • More frequent visits to the bathroom
  • Regular headaches or blurred vision
  • A constant feeling of tiredness

book, or suggest, an appointment with a doctor, nurse or clinic sister. You need to know if it’s Pre-Diabetes so you can intervene and possibly prevent Type 2 Diabetes altogther. Pre-Diabetes is the early warning sign that inspires many people to resume/adopt a healthy lifestyle.

How do you get tested for Diabetes?

Diabetes tests are not once-off experiences. You need a series of these, with consistent or escalating test results, in order to confirm your diagnosis. It’s important that the full series of tests is completed to identify which Type of Diabetes you might have. These tests include:

  • A random blood sugar/glucose test.
  • A fasting blood sugar/glucose test, for which you’ll need to fast for 8 to 12 hours before having blood taken.
  • An oral glucose tolerance test, whereby you fast for 8 to 12 hours, and then drink a sugary liquid.
  • A glycated haemoglobin (A1C) test that measures your blood sugar/glucose level over the past few months.

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Can children get Diabetes?

Yes. If you notice children in your family displaying similar symptoms, plan or book a visit to a doctor, nurse or clinic sister. South Africa is experiencing unprecedented rates of childhood Diabetes. This is linked to a lack of physical exercise and an imbalanced and nutritionally poor diet.

Globally, 1 of 10 children are clinically overweight. South Africa’s figure is double that. One of our previous articles discusses how and why childhood obesity is linked to Diabetes, which you can click here to read.

Obesity leads to more health challenges and aggravates Diabetes symptoms. In fact, childhood obesity quadruples the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes at some point in life. If you’re concerned about your child’s health, chat to your doctor or clinic sister for advice. Your choices today can prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes during your child’s tomorrow.

  • Ensure that your family eats a well-balanced, nutritionally beneficial diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid drinking sugary drinks and cut back on how much direct sugar you consume.
  • Exercise together, whether it’s an afternoon walk with the dogs or some time at the park. Getting active together is good for everyone’s health, and helps you spend time together as a family.

We all have questions.

Below are some of the answers to the most common questions that you need to know.

Which is worse – Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes?

“Worse” is a harsh comparison. The difference between these two types of Diabetes is that Type 1 requires insulin, and it never goes away. Type 2 requires consistent effort and can be managed over your lifetime.

What is the normal HbA1C level?

It is generally accepted that you should maintain HbA1C below 8%. The following guidelines are suggested by the South African Diabetes Association:


  • 4 – 6% Non-Diabetic range. 
  • < 7% Well-controlled Diabetic 7% – 8% Acceptable Diabetic control > 8% 
  • Poor Diabetic control needs attention.

What is the main cause of Diabetes?

Diabetes (Type 1) is usually a predisposed or genetically inherited condition. Diabetes (Type 2) is caused by lifestyle choices. Gestational Diabetes occurs in pregnant mothers.

What are the first signs of Diabetes?

  • Excessive thirst over a prolonged period.
  • Increased frequency in the need to urinate.
  • Significant weight loss or gain.
  • You find yourself fatigued, tired, and irritable, on a regular basis.
  • Open or ruptured wounds take a long time to heal.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Tingling sensations in your hands and feet.

Can you get life insurance if you have Diabetes?

Yes. AllLife can help you get up to R10million life insurance, when you are a Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetic.

Can I test myself for Diabetes?

Although you can easily test your own blood glucose levels at any time, only your doctor, nurse, or clinic team can confirm your diagnosis as Diabetic. A series of specific tests are required for diagnosis.

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